Recruiting Boards: Pre-July evaluation period

  • 07/02/2013 9:33 am in


With the first of three July evaluation periods tipping off next week, Inside the Hall has updated our Indiana basketball recruiting boards for the 2014 and 2015 classes.

Indiana has one commitment in the 2014 class — James Blackmon Jr. — and has its sights on landing a top 10 recruiting class for the third straight year. In the junior-to-be class, Indiana has scholarship offers out to several highly ranked players, including a five-star wing from New Jersey who currently sits on top of our 2015 board.

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  • Gregory Spera

    Trey Lyles, Jaquan Lyle, D’angelo Russell, Cliff Alexander… all ghosts of the 2014 Recruiting Board. Read all those old, hopeful comments. A lot of changes in the past couple of years. You can’t take anything for granted. That’s why Crean NEVER stops recruiting.

  • N71

    For the life of me I can’t get a handle on whose next to commit. Stephen Hurt (6’10” 285) looks like a provisional if Peter can’t make it back from his injuries. Trevon seems like family so I’ve always thought he was coming but as time goes on I’m starting to think otherwise. Everyone else listed is a 4 or 5 star player and the smallest guy is Hill at 6’4″ 180, can’t really go wrong no matter what happens. Would like some size of course so Okonoboh or Robinson would be nice. Exum seems like the sexist of the bunch but sounds like a one and done so that’s a little less appealing versus LeRon Black for example at 6’8″ 215 and maybe good for 3 years. Things sure have changed since the David “who?” Williams days.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Recruiting is a crazy game and I have no sources or inside information. However, since I love being wrong, I’ll guess what the 2014 class will end up being.
    -Blackmon Jr.
    -This fourth one is very difficult because there are a lot of somewhat similar players. I’ll go with Phil Booth because of the Maryland/Team Takeover connection with Kenny Johnson.

    Not a dream scenario but that would be a really strong class. Keep up the great work CTC and staff.

  • calbert40

    I don’t know if any of you saw this last night or not, but this nearly made me jump up and down. I would LOVE to get him. If we added Goodluck and Exum to Blackmon, I’d feel like if we failed to sign another player, we’d still be good for that class.

    “Current Intel we are hearing on 2014 C Goodluck Okonoboh is that Indiana is going to be tough to beat. But Duke is very close as well.”

    – Clint Jackson, ACC basketball recruiting analyst, @clintjackson1

  • Snookafly

    Ugh, I remember why I try to shut out basketball recruiting in the summer. All the speculation leads to high hopes and often disappointment. We’ve lost the two of the three best players from Indiana for 2014 and for some reason we can never recruit Chicago. Anyway, I’m sure we’ll still lock up some strong players and be fine, but the guessing game is rough.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    when did alexander fall off the list? i thought iu was in his top 10 he recently made public? wasn’t holding my breath, but i thought he was at least still a prospect.

    by the way guys, no need to get disappointed. rest assured, we’re going to get ours.

  • Mooks

    Goodluck+Perea and Exum+Blackmon Jr+Yogi+Stan…………………damn is all I have to say.

  • Mooks

    Goodluck+Perea and Exum+Blackmon Jr+Yogi+Stan…………………damn is all I have to say.

  • Miamihoosier

    We only have one spot open for next year. I doubt we sign 3 more players. We might get one “playing time” transfer at the end of next year, but I’d really be surprised to see us lose 2 again. Exum and Okonoboh to go along with Blackmon, is really more than enough to win it all. Just to get those two would be so huge. Though I don’t know for sure that either would start. Troy Williams as a sophomore is going to be very hard to beat out. We know Yogi and Blackmon have the back court spots on lock. For Okonoboh to start, he’d have to beat out Fischer or Vonleh….we are sitting very strong for 2014, I’ll be thrilled with anyone else we get

  • Miamihoosier

    2015 class will determine whether we have a “down” year or two in the league. 2014 could see us lose Yogi, Noah, maybe even Troy WIlliams and at least one of our freshman as a one and done. If we scoop up someone like a Phil Booth next year, it could be huge in 2015. So. Booth, Jr. Stan, Sr. Hollowell, Sr. Perrea, and Jr. Fischer would be an experienced bunch, and could probably win a lot of games, but lacks the star power you usually need to make a deep run. A very long way off, and so much can and will happen, but it’s nice to see the positive long term effect of the Tom Crean way of recruiting. Diamond Stone looks like he’ll be unguardable in two years, and Hyron Edwards is a bad dude….I’d love to see him take the reigns from Yogi in 2015, doesn’t look like we would lose too much…plus, I’d like to see a nice little battle between IU and Michigan on who is the true Point Guard U. in the Big Ten.

  • HoosierTrav

    Mostly because EVERY major program is targeting Chicago’s talent. Its only a matter of time before we break through in Chicago. Right now I’m more concerned about increasing our presence in the DMV and in INDIANAPOLIS. We cannot let Louisville and UK to come in and own Indianapolis. Coach Crean was very wise to get Kenny Johnson though. Its the perfect contingency plan. “You’re gonna take a Indy kid? OK. We will hit the DMV with vigor.” I’d love for IU to get the next NBA superstar that comes out of the DMV… There WILL be a few more to come out of the DMV. Hands down the most fertile recruiting territory in the world.

  • HoosierTrav

    Just some recent/past players to come from the DMV:

    Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Grant Hill, Rudy Gay, Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, Ty Lawson, Patrick Patterson, Steve Francis, Thomas Robinson, Josh Selby, Will Barton, Kendall Marshall, Quinn Cook, VICTOR OLADIPO, Scottie Reynolds, Michael Beasley, Delonte West, Keith Bogans, Nolan Smith, Greivis Vasquez, Sam Young (Although he seems to have forgotten how to basketball), Roger Mason………… And there’s A LOT more that i didn’t list.

  • HoosierTrav

    Remember that Louisville won the national championship with ZERO lotto pick and we had the #2 & #4 pick in the draft and lost in the Rd of 16. Anything can happen. Experienced and DEVELOPED players can make a deep run. On the other hand, I agree with you that 2015 and 2016 could be huge for us. Booth would be a lovely pick up but I really want Jalen Coleman over any guard in the 2015 class. Hyron Edwards and Coleman play together for the EG All Stars and have one of the best teams in the country. That would be a great tandem to pick up. I really wish we were in on Stephen Zimmerman out of Vegas. That kid is an absolute MONSTER.

  • CreamandCrimson

    ITH has our projected class size as 4 so that’s the number I worked with. I agree with you though, getting Exum and Okonoboh is enough and that would be a phenomenal class. However, if we end up with a 4th guy in the class (as ITH projects we will), I think it’ll be Phil Booth. Time will tell.

  • HoosierTrav

    I think you are probably right about this one. I think Blackmon and Exum are locks and Okonoboh is a strong possibility but Duke is coming on strong! Never count out Coach K. He has some serious pull and rightfully so. I think what will help us to land Goodluck, is the fact that we are making him a priority and Noah is a very good friend of his. Duke is making him their back up plan in case Okafor doesn’t sign. Lets hope this isn’t another Pinson case, where we led all the way up to the last week then player decides to go elsewhere. On the other hand, I dont see CTC’s recruiting momentum slowing down immediately after he sends two top 5 picks into the draft. He isn’t done yet folks! Noah and Troy have the ability to do the same thing. I think if Noah waits to declare after his soph season, he could legitimately be the #1 overall pick. As for Troy……. If you factor CTC’s track record with developing wings and the upside Troy has (higher than Victors), then you could be looking at another top 3-5 pick. Hell…. you might as well throw Devin Davis in this mix. If he can play a wing position, develop a jumper, improve his ability to create off the dribble, his athleticism will make him a prospect. Coach Crean’s wing development is grade A certified. Say what you want about the bigs but CTC has a PROVEN track record with wings that keeps improving.

  • HoosierTrav

    Its my opinion obviously, but i think Booth ends up at Villanova.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Why do we “know Yogi and Blackmon have the backcourt spots on lock”??? It’s a huge assumption that 1) Blackmon can beat out Stan, and 2) that Blackmon can beat out Exum if he comes. I guess Dante could play at the 3, buts he’s really a PG, that can slide into a combo guard role. I don’t see Exum coming to IU to sit the bench when he’s a projected lottery pick. I think it’s more of a lock that Yogi, Fischer, and Vonleh have starting spots, with the 4th most likely being Williams, and the SG being the toughest battle… but most likely Exum if he shows up here, and then a very tough call between Stan (who is waaaay better than people think) and Blackmon. Blackmon can obviously score, but Stan has a big edge physically (especially after a year with Je’Ney) and defensively.

    All good problems to have though…

  • PDXHoosier

    I agree. If Exum comes to IU, he will be a starter